Tuesday 22 May 2018

Christopher Wright premiere celebrates the opening of 12th English Music Festival

Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire
Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire
The Twelfth Festival of English Music, director Em Marshall Luck, opens in Dorchester Abbey on Friday 25 May 2018 with the premiere of Christopher Wright's Symphony, performed by the English Symphony Orchestra, conductor John Andrews, alongside the UK premiere of Richard Blackford's Violin Concerto with soloist Rupert Marshall Luck.

Anniversaries celebrated at the festival (which runs until 28 May 2018) include the end of World War I, with an evening of readings and music from actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis juxtaposing writers Owen, Thomas and Sassoon with piano music by Elgar, Bridge and Gurney, and the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 with a tribute to composer Ethel Smyth, contralto Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus perform music centred around the exploits and passions of the composer interwoven with her songs, the story of her greatest opera, The Wreckers and her battle for an equal voice.

Full details from the English Music Festival website.

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